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    Road rage? No, just highway food fights

    Bob Fila/Chicago Tribune/MCT
    A motorist in Bridgewater told police another driver threw a watermelon into her car Aug. 16.

    Every day, police officers respond to reports of all sorts of events and nonevents, most of which never make the news. Here is a sampling of lesser-known — but no less noteworthy — incidents from police log books (a.k.a. blotters) in our suburbs.


    Is there something in the air in the late summer that induces motorists to toss food and drink at other drivers? You have to wonder after looking at local police logs. Just before 11 a.m. Aug. 12, for starters, a man walked into the West Bridgewater police station to report that another driver threw a coffee at his car. He asked officers to speak to that driver; no charges were filed. Four days later in neighboring Bridgewater, a woman called police to report that someone had thrown a watermelon through a rear window of her car. Unfortunately, her description of the other vehicle was a bit short on useful details. The suspect, she told police, was driving “a sedan with a loud exhaust.” Just after midnight on Aug. 24, a Brookline police officer was dispatched to Beacon Street to speak to a woman who reported her vehicle had been egged while she was driving through the intersection of Marion and Beacon streets. A similar incident occurred a month earlier; police are investigating. In Wakefield Aug. 25, officers were able to identify the youths involved in egging another car. Police called this one a clear case of horseplay, and once the parking lot where the egging occurred was cleaned up, the kids were sent on their way.


    At 10:16 a.m. Aug. 5, a man called Marblehead police to complain that a landscaper had just started working at a home on Briar Lane and he wanted a patrol car to come by and force the work to stop. On what grounds, the dispatcher asked? For the same reason the work was stopped the previous week, the guy replied: It’s not permitted on Sundays. And what day was it, the dispatcher inquired. Ooops. Aug. 5 was a Saturday. Never mind.


    So you don’t think national events can enflame local tensions? On the evening of Aug. 16, just days after violence rocked Charlottesville, Va., a woman called Stow police to report that a “Black Lives Matter” sign was stolen from her yard sometime earlier that day. On Aug. 22, a man showed up at the station to report that “someone has stolen his rainbow peace flag” — the second time he’d been so victimized. Police documented both instances, advising the first caller that such thefts were not uncommon.



    At 12:41 a.m. Aug. 25, Bridgewater police received 911 calls about a man in a backyard trying to break into a house. Officers were dispatched and found an intoxicated neighborhood resident having a hard time finding his way home. Indeed, they found, the young man been banging on the door of the wrong house, trying to gain entry. The inebriated 19-year-old was assisted home and placed in the custody of his father.


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    At 6:16 p.m. Aug. 12, a Salem police officer was sent to Lynde Street for a report of a Toyota RAV4 parked on a sidewalk. True enough, the officer soon found, and under a “No Parking From Here to Corner” sign, no less. As the SUV was being towed, a man showed up claiming to be the vehicle’s owner, saying he was just getting a pulled-pork sandwich. The guy slurred his words, police reported, and when asked for his driver’s license, produced one that had been suspended. He was promptly placed into protective custody.

    Emily Sweeney can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.